A lot of the talk this month has been about the launch of the ACC Network and its inclusion on cable and streaming services. But the beauty of the digital world is that conferences big and small can showcase student-athletes at their member schools through their own platforms.
Case in point is the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) which today announced its leaguewide network, in partnership with PrestoSports. The network will launch later this month.
With this focus on creating immersive fan experiences, SCAC made the strategic decision to provide a best-in-class digital platform to their schools, athletes, and fans. PrestoSports’ StretchLive solution will provide this immersive fan experience within one interface. Fans will also be able to access the on-demand stream in record time.
Additionally, StretchLive will enable SCAC programs to take control of their productions through flexible event management and utilize program best practices, workflows, processes, and templates. SCAC programs can also create event templates and apply them across future events, projecting a consistent brand and visitor experience.
“At PrestoSports we pride ourselves on delivering engaging experiences for fans and alumni while helping conferences and schools to elevate their programs,” stated Keith Womack, President of PrestoSports. “After meeting with the members of the SCAC, we know that they share our vision for delivering great experiences and help promote the amazing athletic competitions within this great conference.”
In conjunction with this immersive streaming solution, PrestoSports will also provide the SCAC an Over-the-Top (OTT) application for their conference network for Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. This app will extend the fan experience, allowing viewers to watch their favorite team in action anywhere on any device.
“We are pleased to partner with PrestoSports to offer all fans of our 10 member institutions a one-stop viewing portal that we hope will become the hub of all streaming activity throughout the conference,” said SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry. “The piece that really excites us is the ability to push content to our own OTT application. The SCAC can basically become its own streaming network, not unlike ESPN+, and that is a potential game-changer for everyone who is a fan of our league.”
The SCAC is currently comprised of Austin College of Sherman, Texas; Centenary College of Shreveport, Louisiana; Colorado College of Colorado Springs, Colorado; University of Dallas of Irving, Texas; Johnson & Wales University of Denver, Colorado; Schreiner University of Kerrville, Texas; Southwestern University of Georgetown, Texas; University of St. Thomas of Houston, Texas; Texas Lutheran University of Seguin, Texas; and Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas.